Inauguration of Guadalajara Metro, Mexico


Saturday 12th september, the third line Guadalajara metro has been inaugurated in presence of the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The line run between the city centre and the north west and south east suburbs.

An ambitious project for the second largest city in Mexico

The second largest city in Mexico with more than 4 million inhabitants, Guadalajara is an important economic and cultural hub in the country. The widespread metropolitan region has a transport network which includes two metro lines.

Line 3 have 18 stations and stretch 20.9 km. It run between the city centre and the north west and south east suburbs, providing services to the municipalities of Zapopan, Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque. The majority of the track (14,9 km) run on a viaduct, with a further 5.5 km in a tunnel, and tunnel-viaduct transitions of 0.6 km. The journey time between the 2 extreme stations is around 35 minutes.

This project is part of the ambitious National Development Plan for by the Ministry Communication and Transport (SCT) which places specific emphasis on improving mobility in the country’s major cities, most notably through the development of different tracked transport modes.

A strong mobilization by the consortium

Egis was appointed as part of a consortium formed with Transconsult, for the supervision of the design, construction and commissioning of all the systems of line 3, as well as civil engineering, the maintenance depot’s systems and maintenance machines, interface management and the ISA (Independent Safety  Assessment) assignment for the entire programme.
The supervision consisted of inspecting each development phase, checking design studies, conducting site inspections, factory acceptance, handover operations, testing and commissioning. The management of interfaces for 7 works contracts involved in the construction of this new metro line must be added to the group's field of intervention.

Over the space of 5 years, a project team made up of 25 key experts and around 100 support engineers was mobilized on this huge project. Thanks to their knowledge of the local culture and environment, the Egis-Transconsult teams played an active role in the coordination between the various project contributors, solving technical problems and of course to the success of the project as a whole.

Asserting Egis’s position on the Latin American transportation market

Since 2015, Egis focuses its development in Mexico around two key sectors, rail engineering and concession & operation of road infrastructure.

Today with this flagship project, Egis reasserted their active presence in Mexico and in other countries of Latina America with several contracts awarded from these last months in Colombia, in Brazil, in Peru and Chili. Egis stated their claim to becoming one of the leading actor in Latin America.